Wednesday, 03 December 2008

Final exhibition for this year:

You might remember that in June I was privileged to take part in an exhibition at a beautiful private home. Well to my delight, the owner enjoyed it all so much that she has arranged another, which opens on Friday. I will be exhibiting with a group of artists whose work I really admire, so it will be wonderful to be part of it. As a result, I have been hard at work preparing some new works for it. I was so pressed for time that I posted some of them on the previous post, without elaborating, and here are some more. I delivered them this morning, and now it is up to Hannalize to work her magic.... she has an uncanny skill for hanging the right picture in the right place, and grouping works that really make music together!
For those of you who are in Port Elizabeth this weekend, it would be wonderful to see you there, so here's an invitation....
Art Exhibition

5-6 December 2008

15 Providence Place
Old Seaview Road
Enquiries: Hannalize

Tea Garden

looking down parliament street

the harbour from fort frederick

donkin terrace

Tuesday, 02 December 2008

new pics

to the woods 1 and 2


Castles in Spain 1 and 2

maitlands river sunset


looking down Edward Street

Africas children need sheltering

Sunday, 05 October 2008

now its trees AND african children!

I suppose it is a natural progression, the trees and the lost generation of African Children seem to now find themselves together on the same canvasses! I am also loving the combination of printing, painting and drawing, with some collage thrown in for good measure. My studio looks like a tip because I have been on such a roll with these!

tree 4
acrylic on canvas

trees too
acrylic and leather on canvas

The tree on the right and the leaves on the printed tree are leather.

Africa's Children, the Lost Generation
mixed media on canvas

Africa's Children, the forgotten ones
Mixed media on canvas

Children of Africa.
mixed media on canvas

three trees
mixed media on canvas

Sunday, 28 September 2008

more of Africa's children


Africa weeps for her children 7



One man's wealth is another mans...?


Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Still strolling around the woods!

I seem to be stuck on trees at the moment, they often crop up in my work because for me, trees are such a special part of life. They speak of fresh air, flowers, peace, permanence. They are these large living beings who do no harm, but bring goodness and life to the planet, home for birds, shelter for anyone who cares to rest in their shade. Even when they are cut down, they carry on giving, in the form of fuel for fires, building materials, compost etc.

red purple tree

300x250 framed



turquoise trees 1 and 2


forest reds and browns 1 and 2


forest blues and greens


brown/green tree 1 and 2


green and brown tree 200x250, framed

And still on a nature theme, I must have spring fever at the moment, because these floral jugs also appeared!

A Pair of Jugs


Monday, 08 September 2008

to the woods.....

I have a friend, Esme Goosen, who is a wonderful artist, and also very generous with her time and ideas. She recently introduced me to the joys of acrylics. (I'll tell you more about that when she has sent me a photo of one of her paintings, there's a story behind it!)

Up until now I have been having a passionate affair with oils, and what I love about them is the slow drying time, which allows for lots of blending and manipulation of the paint as the paintings evolve. But I am finding that acrylics have joys of their own, and this new direction coincides with a growing desire to do some printing. I did some lino cuts of trees, and printed them with acrylic onto canvas. It was a natural progression from some of the directions I have been going in with the other work, running paint, metal foils etc. Then the games began, blending colours and playing with adding transparent layers of washes over each other.

Here are the results:

a pair of trees

2 x 150x150mm


3x 150x200mm




450x350mm framed

treasure tree 1 and 2

2 x 600x900mm

fiesta tree 1 and 2

2 x 125x175mm


happy tree 1 and 2

2 x 300x300mm framed

seasons 1, 2 3 and 4

4 x 100x150mm framed

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

I guess you could say this goes from the sublime to the ridiculous....

........but I will never be an artist who can settle on one groove and stick in it.... so amongst all the angst about what the future holds for the children of Africa, there is still time for quirky playful moments!
So 2 new offerings,

Africa weeps for her children 5



did you say bacon?


Sunday, 27 July 2008

OK, at last, here's the new batch.

My solo exhibition at the new Blou Vrou (Blue Lady) Gallery opened on Friday night. The opening was fun, thanks to all those who came along. The show runs till 8th August, and is a mixture of new works, with selected older works that show the progression of how ideas and styles evolve into new ones.

The new works are a further exploration of the "Africa Weeping" idea, using running paint to depict the meltdown that is taking place in so many societies and economies on the continent. Within that framework, I have explored differences between rich and poor, and also hopefully managed to express the courage of the women, who hold their families together against the odds. I also hoped to show the spirit of the children, who, despite facing the bleakest of futures, manage to still be children, and make their own toys, or just have fun. Despite the terrible conditions so many live under, they have a dignity and cheerfulness that is a real lesson to many in wealthy societies who seem to do nothing but be dissatisfied with their lot in life.
Many of the children are depicted as faceless, in similar white garb, because to the rest of the world they are often seen as faceless hungry masses rather than unique individuals. The scenery, clothing, cattle and features of the people are typical of Northern Africa, as I have been using photgraphs taken by my kids, working amongst the displaced people in Sudan, as inspiration. But I have deliberately kept them non specific, as many of the problems there are common to most of the continent.
Sometimes I have detailed a face, and tried to show the strength and dignity behind the pain.

One man's wealth is another man's.....


Vortex, 400x400mm
Using the rich warm colours of Africa to again express turmoil and meltdown, this is pure abstract.

1st world 3rd world, bridging the divide.


Africa weeps for her children 2



Africa weeps for her children 2


Africa weeps for her children 4



Does anyone care?


The next two are dealing with special South African issues:

Heritage under threat



This painting was inspired by a comment we had on our Port Elizabeth Daily Photo blog, on the post called Red Location. ( it highlights the destruction of the historic cottages there, Visit Facebook to join the group "Save the historical Red Location Cottages" at )

The Red Location is one of the blots on Port Elizabeth, a black township, established by the British Colonial Government in 1903, and made worse under apartheid. It is a place of abject poverty, most of the residents living in shacks made of waste material, plastic, old corrogated iron and weathered timber, on the edge of a windswept wetland overlooking the sea. It was the place where the anti-apartheid movement in the Eastern Cape flourished and many amazing stories of underground meetings and couragious resistence are told. The multi-award winning Red Location Museum has been established there, to celebrate the courage of the resistance leaders, and bring much needed tourist money to help upgrade the living standards of those who live there. If the history of red location interests you, Max and I did some posts about it when we visited last year, and also went into the origins, when we discussed Richmond Hill on the PEDP blog. Anyway, sadly the original shacks, which are national monuments and need to be preserved as a reminder of what this nation has been through and that we must never allow such things to happen again, are being stolen bit by bit, and sold to scrap dealers, and outrage over this prompted the painting. The gold stripes represent the stitches that we need in order to repair the torn fabric of our society. The words read "The time is running out. It is urgent that we unite and work together to mend the rips in the fabric of our society. Our freedom was won at a high cost – and we have the opportunity to rebuild and restore – but there are too many who vandalise, steal and destroy. We need to end the negative actions and save our heritage to remind us of our past- then build the future hand in hand.”

Happy Birthday Madiba



This one is special to me because it is a tribute to my hero (and I am not a person who easily puts anyone on a pedestal, I firmly believe in treating all people with the same respect and dignity, be thry royalty or a humble street sweeper.) But my respect for Nelson Mandela is enormous. Last week, on the 18th July he celebrated his 90th Birthday, and I did this painting on that day to celebrate the occasion. The quotation from Madiba reads: "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."


And finally here is one that was done on site at the Algoa Bay yacht club when I went there with some friends to paint en plein air the week before last. (We also went last week, that painting is still in the pipeline.)